Cake Cutting Guides

The diagrams below will give you a general plan for cutting the most popular cake shapes. They will help you serve more attractive, uniform pieces while reaching your targeted number of servings. Diagrams show only one size in each shape; you will use the same general technique to cut each size cake in that shape.

Cakes — 1 x 2 in. slices (used for wedding cake slices): Cut your shaped wedding tiers into slices approximately 1 x 2 in. and 2 layers high (about 4 in.) For cakes shorter than 3 in. you will need to cut wider slices to serve a proper portion; even if a larger serving size is desired, the order of cutting is still the same. Before cutting the cake, remove the top tier, which is usually saved for the first anniversary and is not included in our serving amounts for wedding cakes in this book. Begin by cutting the 2nd tier, followed by the 3rd, 4th and so on.

Cakes — 1 1/2 x 2 in. slices (used for party cake slices): For cakes 3 to 6 in. high, adjust for the larger party-size slices. For cakes shorter than 3 in. you will need to cut wider slices to serve a proper portion; even if a larger serving size is desired the order of cutting is still the same.

Cake Shapes:

Square:

1 x 2 in. slices: Move in 2 in. from the outer edge and cut vertically, top to bottom. Slice and serve 1 in. pieces of cake. Now move in another 2 in. and repeat process until the entire tier is cut.

1 1/2 x 2 in. slices: To cut square cakes, move in 2 in. from the outer edge and cut top to bottom, then slice approximately 1 ½ in. pieces. Now move in another 2 in. and continue until the entire cake is cut.

Round:

1 x 2 in. slices: Move in 2 in. from the tier's outer edge and cut a circle. Slice and serve 1 in. pieces from around the circle. Now move in another 2 in. and cut another circle. Repeat process until the tier is completely cut. The center core of each tier and the small top tier can be cut into 4ths, 6ths, or more, depending on size.

1 1/2 x 2 in. slices: To cut round cakes, move in 2 in. from the cake´s outer edge; cut a circle and then slice approximately 1 ½ in. pieces within the circle. Now move in another 2 in. and cut another circle; slice approximately 1 ½ in. pieces. Continue until the cake is completely cut. Note: 6 in. diameter cakes should be cut in wedges, without a center circle. Cut petal and hexagon cakes similar to round cakes.

Heart:

1 x 2 in. slices: Divide the tiers vertically into 2 in. wide rows. Within rows, slice and serve 1 in. pieces of cake.

Petal:

1 x 2 in. slices: Cut similar to round tiers.

Oval:

1 x 2 in. slices: Move in 2 in. from the outer edge and cut across. Slice and serve 1 in. pieces of cake. Now move in another 2 in., repeat process until the entire tier is cut.

Hexagon:

1 x 2 in. slices: Move in 2 in. from the outer edge and cut across. Slice and serve 1 in. pieces of cake. Now move in another 2 in., repeat process until the entire tier is cut.

Sheet:

1 1/2 x 2 in. slices: Cut sheet cakes similar to square cakes.

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